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Robert J. Dole, a Russell, Kan. native and former KU student, has dedicated his entire life to serving his country and fellow Americans. Dole’s career in public service began with the U.S. Army in World War II. After his discharge, Dole went on to serve as Russell County Attorney, Kansas state Representative, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator. Bob Dole was actively involved in his party, serving as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, vice-presidential candidate in 1976, and as a three-time candidate for the Presidency.
No longer an elected official, Dole continues to volunteer his time by working toward ending international hunger, serving Americans with disabilities, honoring American veterans and raising money for a scholarship fund for the families of 9/11 victims.
While serving in the armed forces during World War II in Italy, Sen. Dole was hit by an exploding shell that shattered his right arm and shoulder on April 14, 1945. The 2005 Dole Lecture, given by Bob Dole himself, focuses on his candid tale One Soldier’s Story, where Dole describes his life during WWII, first as a KU student only somewhat paying attention to news of the war, then as a young officer in the army, the battle in which he was injured, and the long road to recovery—a road he still travels today.